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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Sew Over It Dressmaking Weekend - Circle Skirt

I have been trying to learn how to sew for the past few months and have succeeded in sewing a few bags and purses but my efforts at dressmaking have not turned out well. For this reason I signed up for a dressmaking class at Sew Over It The class I did was the dressmaking weekend. Saturday was devoted to make the circle skirt pictured above and  Sunday to make a shift dress. I have yet to take some pictures of that but wanted to upload what I had.

I arrived bright an early at Sew Over It's dressmaking shop and studio.The shop is really lovely and really inspires you to pick up sewing. I was glad so take some pictures.
The outside is painted this pretty pastel lilac.

Inside it has one section which is the shop. It has loads of fabric and haberdashery. Different laces,zips,threads and buttons.

The other section is devoted to a sewing studio. Big tables,lots of natural light, tea and cake. What more can one need?
We spent our first 15 mins or so going over the fabrics we had got with us and supplementing with extra things from the shop. Then we steamed our fabric and were ready to go. I really loved the instruction and the pace of the class. Our teacher was really helpful and went over everything in detail. I never realised the precision and thought which goes into just pinning the pattern on the fabric.

I took a well deserved tea break at this stage and there was a loaf of lemon cake for the students which was highly appreciated by all the students.

We were done by around 5 and I was so proud of my first successful dressmaking project. I love this skirt and wore it a lot over the summer.

I will definitely go back to do another dressmaking class here. They do a lot of different classes every month ..


Mr Owl

Really loved the latest issue of LGC. I was so excited when I got my hands on this issue. The only problem is this pattern used all my yarn and I had no left over to make the mouse. I need to trawl through my stash to make the other patterns from this issue.

The one thing with this pattern was that I did kind of run out of yarn towards the end. This could be because I have a loose hand at crochet so I think this might have led to using up more yarn then expected. I did have a problem with seamless color changes on rows for the body and hat. I did try different things but could not save it. I do want to go back to an older issue of LGC and try my hand at the chameleon pattern which had many color changes as well. I do need to learn how to do that.
I loved the cute hat on this one as well.


Crochet Circle Vest

This is the first time I attempted a garment and I gathered enough courage to make this because I thought crochet would be quick and I was using a chunky yarn. I used a Bonus Chunky Yarn from Sirdar in colors apricot and duck egg. I bought the yarn from Hobby Craft and took a pattern from I must say it took me around 3 weeks to make and it was really difficult to keep motivation. I am so used to making toys,hats and cowls that keeping at it after the first couple of days took a lot of drive. The end result is totally worth it though. I love looking at patterns for knitted or crocheted garments on pinterest but always get daunted by the amount of time and effort not to mention expertise it will require to make a garment. This pattern was really easy though and at the end of it I was so proud of my achievement. I will at some point make another garment but for now I am just basking in the pride of finally making a vest.


Bobble Stitch Cowl

I had yarn left over from a hat and since I have a tendency to get a cold nose, I thought of making a cowl using crochet. I wanted to make a crocodile stitch crochet cowl to begin with but after trying a couple of rows, I realised that the color variation in the yarn was not giving enough stitch definition. I could hardly make out the crocodile stitch. This could also be because of my first attempt at crocodile stitch was not that amazing. Must try it later again with another yarn.

Back to the bobble stitch, I looked up some tutorials and came across this lovely tutorial. What a lovely tutorial and such pretty colors. This totally convinced me to try it out on the cowl. I used a 31 stitch cast on and started this cowl in a cafe. I did not realise how much yarn this stitch takes. I ran out of yarn and had to substitute an acid pink DK yarn leftover from my stash.

I think the pink helps add a bit more zing to this. I really loved the end product. It is a very stretchy, comfy and warm cowl. I have been wearing it for the past week and it is a great easy make. I highly recommend everyone to try making it.


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